李家院 (Lijiayuan) is the guesthouse that Yik and I stayed when we were in Lijiang. I first found it in 中国古镇网 (Here are recommendations of websites with info and reviews of guesthouses in China), then later, I learned more about it thru 李家院 (Lijiayuan)’s own website .
One picture says a thousand words. I like the many photos of the rooms 李家院 (Lijiayuan) has posted on its website. It makes one clear of what she will get from the guesthouse with the money she pays for. No unpleasant surprises
Despite the seemingly innumerable guesthouses, restaurants, cafes and shops aimed exclusively at tourists, some old buildings and backstreets in Lijiang Old Town still make a nice place to stroll around – especially the further ones away from the center of the old town. And 李家院 (Lijiayuan) is one of these that stay away from the crowd.
It takes around 15 minutes to walk from Sifangjie (Square Street, 四方街) to the guesthouse. While both Yik and I enjoyed the peaceful and quiet time in there, I might consider somewhere less remote if I were travel alone. You can call me timid. But the neighborhood of the guesthouse is so quiet and dark, to a point that I will feel a little creepy if someone quietly shows up on the street when I am walking alone late at night.
These are the people in 李家院: 阿夏麗 (Axiali), 林子 (Linzi), and 阿香 (Axiang). None of them is from Lijiang. While 阿夏麗is from Sichuan (四川) and 林子from Shenzhen (深圳), 阿香 is from Lijiang’s near-by neighbor town, The Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峽). They visited Lijiang and love the town so much that they decided to stay and live there. All of them are very friendly, easygoing people, who are willing to do more to accommodate their customers’ needs.
It’s the customer service that I like the most about 李家院 (Lijiayuan), while the beautiful scenery from the balcony comes in a close second 😀